Burr talks led to unrest at Harriers says Davies

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OUTGOING Kidderminster Harriers director John Davies has revealed a breakdown in relations between the club's board and former manager Steve Burr.

Burr was sacked by the Aggborough outfit at the start of January and replaced by Andy Thorn, leading to unrest among fans.

Chairman Mark Serrell subsequently resigned last week after receiving personal abuse on social media websites and Davies followed suit.

He pointed to Burr's talks with Skrill Premier rivals Forest Green Rovers in November, which Harriers had sanctioned, as the catalyst behind the recent unrest.

Davies explained: “We had a meeting with Steve and he said Kidderminster was the sort of club he wanted to stay at for life.

"Mark then received a call from Steve’s representative saying he would be interested in talking to Forest Green.

“Even when he returned and made a statement I didn’t think it was strong enough and there should have been an apology to fans and board. That’s when the cracks started to show.”

Burr’s former assistant, Gary Whild, also stressed there were no issues on the football side.

“There were no problems between Steve and I," he said. "In fact, I was the one who told the board to get him back.”

But new chairman Ken Rae says it is time to draw a line under the situation and focus on the future, also pledging the club's backing of manager Thorn, who takes his side to Cambridge United today (3pm).

The former Redditch United chief, who will be at the helm until at least the end of the season, said: "He’s been brought in to do a job and the board of directors fully support him.

“I thought the team played well on Tuesday (against Woking) and the support from the fans was magnificent. We had the second largest attendance behind Luton, which was also pleasing.

“The club is stable and now we must all pull together and look forward.”

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